The University Record, December 10, 1996

Two faculty elected to Institute of Medicine

By Deborah Gilbert
News and Information Services


Two faculty members have been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). They are Kenneth E. Warner, the Richard D. Remington Collegiate Professor of Public Health and professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health, and Nancy E. Reame, professor of nursing, director of the National Center for Infertility Research and 1996-97 senior nurse scholar at the Institute. They are two of 55 new members elected this year.

Election to the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine is one of the highest honors afforded to members of the biomedical sciences and health professions community. Membership is both an honor and an obligation to take part in a broad range of studies on health policy issues. Members are elected based on their major contributions to health and medicine or to related fields such as social and behavioral sciences, law, administration or economics.

"Prof. Warner's election to the Institute is a reflection of his groundbreaking work, particularly in the realm of tobacco regulation and cost-benefit analysis in health care," says Noreen M. Clark, dean of the School of Public Health.

"His research on the effects of tobacco advertising, the smoking and health effects of cigarette taxation, and the adverse employment implications of tobacco, have had, and will continue to have, a profound influence on tobacco policy and the health of our country," Clark adds.

Warner was senior scientific editor of the 25th anniversary Surgeon General's Report, "Reducing the Health Consequences of Smoking: 25 years of Progress," published in 1989. He also is author of Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care: Principles, Practice and Potential, and Selling Smoke: Cigarette Advertising and Public Health.

Warner was awarded the Surgeon General's Medallion by C. Everett Koop in 1989 and has been cited twice by Delta Omega, the national public health honorary society, for "outstanding achievement in public health." In 1990, he was honored with the Leadership Award of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs section of the American Public Health Association. Earlier this year, he was named a fellow of the Association for Health Services Research.

Reame is internationally known for her research on women's reproductive health. "In addition to elucidating the underlying biomedical mechanisms of these conditions, Prof. Reame has extended her scientific role to the political arena, serving on numerous government task forces and committees where science is translated into health policy. Her current membership on the National Institutes of Health advisory board for the Women's Health Initiative, the largest clinical trial ever to study the health of aging women, is a notable example of her service in this regard," says Ada Sue Hinshaw, dean of the School of Nursing.

A research scientist in the Reproductive Sciences Program, Reame has focused on understanding the interaction of hormones and behavior and the effects of the menstrual cycle on women's vulnerability to illness. To that end, she has examined the relationship between the endocrine system and behavior in regard to infertility, menopause, obesity and premenstrual syndrome. She is currently studying the ethics of reproductive technologies at the Institute of Medicine.

A member of many federal advisory committees, Reame served on the FDA Taskforce to Recommend Testing and Safety Standards for Tampons as well as the National Center for Nursing Research Consultant Group for Research Priorities in Nursing Science.

She also has served on a range of NIH committees including the Workshop for Research Priorities in Women's Health; the Consultant Group for Research Priorities on the Menopause; and the Women's Health Initiative Program Advisory Committee to the NIH Director. Additionally, Reame is a scientific consultant to the Boston Women's Health Collective, which publishes Our Bodies, Ourselves, now in its third edition.

Reame's awards include Distinguished Nurse Scholar, Institute of Medicine/American Academy of Nursing; Sigma Theta Tau Distinguished Lecturer Award; and Sigma Theta Tau Media Award for Nursing Journalism. She also has served as president of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.